Travellers attending the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have been warned of robberies from taxis at night.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated its travel advice yesterday.
“A small number of foreign nationals in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics have reported robberies in taxis, particularly at night,” the FCO said.
“Only use licensed taxis; you can pick up a licensed taxi from the many official taxi ranks around Rio.
“Always check your taxi has the company details on the outside.
“Taxi apps are also a useful way to call a licensed taxi; request your taxi inside if possible to avoid displaying your smartphone on the street.”
The latest revision to travel advice for Britons attending the Olympics followed reports of thefts and robberies around Rio’s beaches – particularly Copacabana and Ipanema – and in Lapa and Santa Teresa.
Attempted robberies were aslo reported on the walking trail to the Christ the Redeemer statue.
“Avoid carrying valuables and never leave your belongings unattended in public. Be particularly vigilant and never resist attackers,” the FCO said.
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